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Doncaster Knights aiming for cup glory

They are officially the most promoted team in English rugby union history.

During 13 years in the 90's and naughties the Doncaster Knights moved up seven divisions.

But despite their league success, cup glory has so far eluded them.

But that could be put right tomorrow when the Knights take on Worcester in the final of the British and Irish Cup.

Chris Dawkes reports:

Five men jailed for Carcroft robbery

Five men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 55 years for their roles in an armed robbery at Carcroft Working Men’s Club in 2013.

Pictured left to right: Mark Eden, Paul Creswick, Shane McMillan and Thomas Marvell Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Shane Mark McMillan, 30, of Netherton Road, Worksop, Thomas Leonard Marvell, 27, of Vicars Walk, Worksop, and Nathan Robert Goudercourt, 20, of Barn Close, Worksop, all admitted their part in the robbery.

McMillan and Marvell pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm to commit robbery at hearings in 2014, and Goudercourt pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery.

McMillan and Marvell were today sentenced to 16 years each behind bars, while Goudercourt was jailed for ten years.

Paul Edward Creswick, 29, of Twentylands, Treeton, and Mark Eden, 44, of Sutton Road in Askern, Doncaster, also appeared at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this year in connection with the robbery, each charged with an offence of conspiracy to commit burglary. Eden also had an additional charge of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs.

Both pleaded guilty to the charges against them in February 2015 and at court today, Creswick was jailed for six years and nine months and Eden was jailed for six years and six months.

Police were called at around 6.45am on Friday 27 December 2013 to the Carcroft Working Men’s Club in Chestnut Avenue, Carcroft, following reports of an armed robbery, just a couple of hours after the club had closed following a staff Boxing Day party on Thursday 26 December 2013.

McMillan, Marvell and Goudercourt broke into the living quarters of the club by throwing a brick through the window and threatened the residents with weapons including a screwdriver, a knife and what was believed to be shotgun.

They kept one resident in the bedroom with one robber, while two took the other resident to the safe where around £30,000 cash was stolen.

As part of the investigation into the armed robbery, officers conducted a warrant at Creswick’s address in Treeton in February 2014, where over £3,000 worth of cannabis was seized.

After a separate investigation led by Detective Constable Andrea Smith, Creswick’s partner, Simone Harper, 26, of Twentylands, as well as Mark Eden and his wife Senga, 30, who also worked as a barmaid at the club at the time of the robbery, were all charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis in late 2014.

The two women pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs, specifically cannabis, at the hearing in February 2015 alongside Mark Eden.

Senga Eden, of Sutton Road, was jailed for six months, while Harper was jailed for three months.


Police appeal after Doncaster dog attack

Police are appealing for help following a dog attack in Denaby near Doncaster.

It happened around 5.30am on Thursday March 25, when a 57-year-old man was walking his 16-year-old Lhasa Apso, along Stoncliffe Walk and two unknown dogs believed to be a Bulldog/Greyhound cross breed ran towards them and attacked the man and dog.

The 57-year-old man suffered minor injuries. The Lhasa Apso died during the incident.

The unknown dogs were not with their owner and are believed to have ran off in the direction of a nearby restaurant.

Gavin hoping to emulate twin Jamie's european glory

Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell takes on the unbeaten Ukrainian Alexander Egorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield this Saturday.

It was exactly five years ago when his identical twin brother Jamie won his european title that Gavin decided he too could become a champion.

John Shires has been talking to him, and we must warn you that his report contains flash photography:


Five years of austerity in Doncaster

ITV Calendar has been in Doncaster today ahead of the start of the General Election campaign. Locals have been giving their views on the five years of austerity since the Coalition Government came to power. Dave Honeybone was one of the local care workers who went on strike when his job was privatised last year. He says he has lost hundreds of pounds a month because of the changes to his terms and conditions. Mick Wattam from the Doncaster People's Assembly has been involved in campaigns against cuts to local services, including care homes, in the town.

Four children in hospital after accident involving off-road bike

Police are appealing for witnesses after four children and a man were injured in an accident involving an off-road motorcycle.

It happened on Elm Road in Auckley, near Doncaster around 6.10pm on Friday March 20, when there was a collision between the bike and the children, three boys aged 11, 8 and 7 and a 9-year-old girl.

The 21-year-old rider and the 11-year-old boy were taken to hospital suffering serious injuries. The three other children were also taken to hospital.

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